Chara now oldest active National Hockey League player; Bruins defenseman replaces Cullen

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Prior to playing in the NHL, Cullen played hockey at Moorhead High School and St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. 21 seasons, 8 teams, 1,516 National Hockey League games, 731 points, and three Stanley Cups later, former Carolina Hurricanes forward Matt Cullen has chose to hang up his skates. I'm so happy I came back and finished my past year in Pittsburgh.

"I felt like it was only right to retire in Pittsburgh with everything that the organization had given me and done for me", Cullen wrote. "It just felt right and I was really at peace with everything when it was over". The Boston captain turned 42 in March, and will play through at least next season after inking a one-year contract with the B's last season. Mike Modano and Chris Chelios are the only American-born hockey players to play more NHL games, playoffs included.

Drafted by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the second round of the 1996 NHL Draft, Cullen would go on to play with eight different teams in 21 seasons.

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Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes over 1,516 games with Anaheim, Florida, Carolina, the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He won with Hurricanes in 2006 and then was on the Penguins teams that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

"I'm grateful for every game, every moment, everything this game has given me".

"It's just like I said, a lot of fun to be part of. For me to be able to take (my sons) to the rink and play with them on the ice, as a dad, that's as good as it gets".

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